Georgetown University Law Center offers a Certificate of Study in the increasingly important field of Employee Benefits Law. Including both tax and labor-oriented courses, the Certificate program provides students a broad knowledge of all aspects of benefits practice. Adjunct faculty from government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as from private practice, bring to their teaching extensive experience in the field. Members of the full-time faculty with expertise in employee benefits advise on the development of the curriculum.
The Employee Benefits Law Certificate is available to students enrolled in a Georgetown LL.M. degree program and to students who are not so enrolled but who were admitted separately to the Certificate program.
All candidates for the Certificate must have completed a basic course in federal income taxation, as it is a prerequisite for the tax courses in the program.Students who have not taken a basic federal income tax course may satisfy this requirement by taking our online course, Foundations of Federal Income Taxation.
Candidates for the Certificate must successfully complete four required courses comprising 10 academic credits:
- Employee Benefits: Executive Compensation(2 credits - Fall semester);
- Employee Benefits: Health &Welfare Plans (2 credits- Fall semester);
- Employee Benefits: Qualified Retirement Plans (2 credits –Fall semester); and
- Employee Benefits Practicum (4 credits –Spring semester).
A cumulative minimum grade point average of "B-" must be attained in the courses that are counted toward the Certificate's specialization requirements.
For purposes of earning the LL.M. in Taxation, Employee Benefits Law Certificate courses will be counted toward the required academic credits in taxation. Students who wish to apply for the Employee Benefits Law Certificate must do so by the end of the add/drop period of their last semester before graduation.